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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by KNUCKLEHEAD RACING
    Now the question is should we continue to let him races as he wishes?
    I don't know if I'm surprised or not with the responses you've gotten so far. Sounds to me like everyone is telling you to put your child in a china cabinet and let him atrophy for the rest of his life rather than take any risks. I say bollocks to that!

    I am surprised that your doctor is unsure if surgery will be needed. I would think that removing the broken bones and stabilizing the spine would be a no brainer, but that may be a presumption on my part. I would push my doctor for clarity on the risks both with and without surgery from here out. Also, has your doctor stated whether your son can be medically cleared to race again? If he can be, then isn't it back to square one? Did you not know a year ago that your child could be crippled or killed doing what he loves to do? Yet you allowed him to follow his bliss. Why would you deny him that now?

    I broke my back in a motorcycle accident. It was a street bike and while I really believe today that street bikes are too great a risk, I don't know that I would forbid my child to race in a controlled environment. My own father has been asked more than once how he feels about my racing cars now. Doesn't he worry that I could be more severely injured or even killed? His answer is that life must be lived. We take adequate precautions in all areas, but what is the point of curling up into a ball and rolling into a corner? May as well be dead already.

    Is there anything that can be done to help strengthen his neck if he does race. There is a new neck brace out Leatt Brace that we would purchase.
    Have you talked to any other racers about this? Or to your doctors? That's where I would start.

    C.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    I don't know if I'm surprised or not with the responses you've gotten so far. Sounds to me like everyone is telling you to put your child in a china cabinet and let him atrophy for the rest of his life rather than take any risks. I say bollocks to that!

    C.
    Please reread the original post--I can't speak for others, but, my interpretation was the question was directed at the next 12 weeks. My particular response was focused on this specific time period, not the rest of his life--Hell NO would I let him race while his neck "is a bag of bones". The rest of his life after that is healed, well, that's a different story and perhaps a different question..

  3. #13
    I suggest getting another opinion about surgery NOW, from an expert in spinal injury (orthopedist or neurosurgeon). We would never just brace and expect a fracture this severe to heal on its own (not since about 1970 anyway). The risk for non-union is high, and risks for long term pain and even loss of neck range of motion is even higher with a severe fracture like this.

    Regardless, after a spinal fracture heals, the risks for another fracture above or below the fracture site goes up significantly due to the loss of spinal mobility that will occur. Of course he can continue to do risky activities in spite of his physician's recommendations, but he and you should know what a C3 or 4 complete spinal cord injury is, and what he is risking.

    (KLD)

  4. #14
    man the nurse is right,I'am the poster boy for not listening.My first injury (at 29)would of just left me with a slight limp (cadia equina).At almost 45 now i have problems at every level.(plate an screws at c5-c7,l1-s1,t8-t10)...i didnt think long term,now every single day is a new adventure in pain and whats not going to work today..Having said that we are all different, hope he heals fast and well ..4 of my boys race mx, i know how hard it is to keep them from riding...dave

  5. #15
    The accident happened 6weeks ago and the last CT scan shows that the bones are stable and beginning to heal. The possible surg will be to repair the torn ligaments. We feel very confident with this spine specialist and came highly recommended but other mx riders. He does have to stay in the neck brace for another 6 weeks. We will go back in July for another check up.
    My son loves riding and he also has tourettes syndrome and the riding is his escape for his twitching as it all goes away when he is on the bike.

  6. #16
    I've raised two boys and I'm not too worried that you'll be able to tuck him in the china cabinet for safekeeping. The darned things REFUSE to stay put!

    There comes a time for everybody when discretion is the better part of valor. I really feel that your son may have hit that point young.

    PLEASE go visit a spinal cord injury rehab unit. I'd hate to see your kid be one of us.

    P.S. Make sure you are both clear on one thing-once we get this way, we stay this way. We can't get out of these chairs with willpower or prayer. We are STUCK. How would it be to have Tourette's in a freakin' wheelchair?

    Your call man, knowing what I know it would be an easy one. We get so much luck and he used up a big fat chunk of his. Best wishes to your family, either way.

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    When my son was 16 he took a hit in a school football scrimage and recieved a T12-L1 fracture. He still ended up having spinal fusion surgery and was in a TLSO for 9 months.

    I wouldn't have stopped him if he wanted to play again, he took in upon himself to know if he was to get hit like that again he could end up like KLD said.

    It really was tough for him because he was a Varsity player as a Sophmore he was that good., But he felt being AB was much more important in his life than taking a chance.
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    He could always ride and stay involved in what he loves without racing

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    I don't know if I'm surprised or not with the responses you've gotten so far. Sounds to me like everyone is telling you to put your child in a china cabinet and let him atrophy for the rest of his life rather than take any risks. I say bollocks to that!

    C.
    Let's be fair. People aren't suggesting he live in a box.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KNUCKLEHEAD RACING
    My 15yr old son races motocross, he was injuried during practice and suffered a compression fracture of the C5 and L1. The C5 is the more severe injury. Has complete movement and feeling. No pain what so ever. The CT scan shows the C5 broken into 5 pieces. No damage to the spinal cord. The dr has called it a bag of bones. He has also torn ligments around the C5. He will be in neck brace for 12 weeks then we will decide if surg is needed. Dr says he is very very lucky. Now the question is should we continue to let him races as he wishes?
    Any advice would be great.
    Is there anything that can be done to help strengthen his neck if he does race. There is a new neck brace out Leatt Brace that we would purchase.
    You seem not to have comprehended the seriousness of this injury, there is a possibility your son may suffer paralysis in the future as a result of this injury regardless of whether he continues to race or not. One small fragment into the spinal cord and life will take on a new meaning for your whole family.

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